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Google Unveils Digital Treasure Trove, Mali Magic

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Mali Magic Digital Treasure Trove

By Dipo Olowookere

A digital treasure trove called Mali Magic aimed to preserve and showcase the historic and contemporary art and culture of Mali has been launched by Google.

With the launch of Mali Magic, people from all over the world can view an array of manuscripts, music, art and heritage sites including over 40 000+ digitised endangered manuscripts many of which were smuggled to safety during political unrest in the country.

It also contains more than 50 exhibits which include the first online, interactive tours of some of Mali’s most significant historic sites, at-risk mausoleums and mosques including the Sidi Yahiya and Djinguereber Mosques and the Tomb of Askia, all created using Street View.

The Mali Magic project contains over 40,000 assets digitised manuscript pages, more than 50 exhibits on Mali heritage (manuscripts, music, monuments & contemporary art), the first-ever Street View capture in Mali of 9 heritage sites, a 3D model and annotated tour of Djenne Mosque, as well as one music album, Maliba, by Fatoumata Diawara.

Since 2015, Google Arts & Culture has been working with local and international organisations to digitise, curate and share Mali’s incredible stories and rich heritage.

Together with its local partners, Google Arts & Culture identified four key pillars of Malian culture; manuscripts, music, monuments and modern art – and worked closely with local communities and experts to digitally document the country’s rich art, architecture, scholarship and musical tradition, and to share stories of its resilience in the face of political struggles with the world.

Google Arts & Culture also worked with artist and musician DJ Spooky (Paul Miller) to create short videos to explore the evolution of storytelling, from West Africa to the American blues.

An original album, Maliba, by Malian singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara, produced in Mali and written about the country’s cultural legacy, was created exclusively for the project. The collection also contains a wealth of videos and imagery which capture Mali’s contemporary art scene and profile some of its artists.

“The Malian city of Timbuktu gave birth to an abundance of learning in the fields of human rights, morality, politics, astronomy and literature captured in thousands of manuscripts.

“When this ancient knowledge was threatened by extremist groups in 2012, local communities raced against time to preserve these treasures. This legacy is now available for people across the world to explore,” the Program Manager and Digital Archaeologist for Google Arts & Culture, Chance Coughenour, stated.

Dr Abdel Kader Haidara, the ‘badass librarian’ known for smuggling the manuscripts out of Timbuktu, said, “[They] are more than important historical documents.

“Central to the heritage of the West African nation of Mali, they represent the long legacy of written knowledge and academic excellence in Africa, and hold potential to inspire global learning from the actions of the past in confronting modern-day issues.”

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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Progress Emerges Nigerian Idol Season 7 Winner

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Progress Nigerian Idol

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

Budding singer, Progress, has won the seventh edition of the popular music talent hunt show, Nigerian Idol.

Progress was announced as the winner of the programme at a live event held on Sunday, May 22, 2022.

He defeated another contestant, Zadok, to become the Nigerian Idol Season 7 winner, after raking in the higher number of votes between the pair.

When the host of the reality show, IK Osakioduwa, announced the winner, Progress was shocked and could not hide his emotion.

The announcement was made shortly after Progress and Zadok performed a song with D’Banj, one of the judges.

The winner of Nigerian Idol 6, Kingdom, was also on stage to thrill the audience as well as Pheelz, who performed his hit song, Finesse.

The winner of this edition won prizes worth N100 million.

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We Need Entrepreneur-friendly Policies—Daniel Adewoye Olamide

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Daniel Adewoye Olamide

Former Mr Universe 2018, Daniel Adewoye Olamide, is a filmmaker, creative designer, content developer, journalist and among other entertainment engagements, He is also the global head of media for Gtext Homes, a leading real estate firm in Nigeria. In this interview, he talks about his career in the industry. Among other issues, he talks of his plans for the future, and more.

How did you start filmmaking as a journalist?

Well, I didn’t start filmmaking or journalism at first, although I had started building the skills. I joined the creative industry as a model and won Mr Universe Africa and then transitioned full time into filmmaking. It started with always wanting to put ideas and scenarios in my head into motion, bringing it to life and being behind the camera.

What inspired you to go into filmmaking and how did it all begin?

It’s only in the film industry you can be God and create your scenarios and outcomes. Basically, being the author and finisher of the actor’s fate. I like to create my worlds and scenarios that likely won’t be something you see in real life at the same it lets you create awareness about important matters and topics.

Did you actually learn it somewhere or how did you start?

No, I didn’t intern under anyone as a filmmaker. I am a self-taught filmmaker. Most of my learning resources were from the internet and also I did one or two courses in and outside Nigeria to back up my knowledge and craft.

What is your goal in the film industry?

I want a name crested in the hall of fame, but above all, I want to make an impact with my work, influence and change lives positively.

Apart from being the global head of media at GText Homes yourself, you are also a filmmaker, content developer and graphic designer. How do you handle all of these at the same time?

It all flows together, that’s what makes you a manager or supervisor; having an idea of all these things and how they blend into one and work together.

You have continued to remain relevant in GText Homes. What does it take to accomplish that?

Honestly, value plus dedication equals relevancy; so, I think that answers it.

On what platform are you selling yourself?

By selling, I guess you mean promoting. My Instagram page has some of my works. My website is coming up soon with all of my work on there.

Daniel Adewoye Olamide filmmaker

What are your hobbies?

I don’t have many friends that really hang around me physically. Most of them are creatives and content creators so they are mostly working as well. I watch movies a lot, then music too. I have a very nice set of playlists for different moods. So, yeah, I don’t do much, to be honest.

Since you started filmmaking, will you say it has given you some financial independence?

Well yes, it has, but in Nigeria, you don’t get rewarded as much as the skill you have.

Like in a month when the business is good, how much do you make?

It depends on your clientele really and the kind of project you do, it’s relative.

Where do you hope to take this filmmaking venture to?

The plan is to pass on what I know to the coming creatives. I didn’t have it all starting up. I didn’t have access to major information starting up. So, I intend to make this easier for those starting up and trying to self learn filmmaking.

What is your plan for growing the brand?

Well, I hope to work with more major brands and create my own piece of ideas and thoughts.

Like how many people do you have working for you?

I have quite a team of skilled photographers and cinematographers, they are partners really because we mostly collaborate to create. There’s no boss or employee in the creative field, in my opinion.

How many films have you produced so far?

Technically none, but I have been part of major TV shows and commercials. One of them is The Investment chat in a Rolls Royce, I worked on it as a co-producer and senior editor, and others are coming out soon as well.

What project are you working on currently?

I have a story or should I say a short film I wrote I’m working on with my team. The production is set to start soon, ceteris paribus.

What would you describe as the best aspect of your career?

The fact that you get to put your own imaginations into writing then onto the screen and people can see and feel your work, sometimes even have a different view and spinoff from what you created.

Would you say you have attained some level of perfection now?

To be honest, I am better than I was yesterday. With filmmaking, you can’t always be perfect but you can be the best at what you do, there are new things to learn every day.

Daniel Adewoye Olamide Mr Universe 2018

Who is/are your role model(s) in the film and entertainment industry and why?

I don’t have a role model, I have pacesetters; people that set the pace in terms of their creative prowess and thinking capability, and delivery as well.

What brands have you worked on?

I’ve worked with BBnaija Housemates, Koko by Khloe, Whitemoney, Tega, Jackie B just to mention a few. I handled some of their brand ambassadorial commercials. I did Kennyblaq’s UK tour video campaign, Destalker UK tour as well as Seyi Law’s recently I got in a fight in UK Tour, Telesoftas, a Lithuania tech company. I have done something for Cantu as well and Dunnie.

I’ve also worked with Kanayo O Kanayo, Korede Bello, Cosmas Maduka, MD of Coscharis, Aare Dele Momodu, Dr Stephen Akintayo, and Taylor Live magazines, Sanni Danja and Mr Macaroni. My work has really put me in places with a lot of known personalities. These are the few I can remember really.

You directed the ‘Sacrifice’ commercial that trended, what was it like working with Kanayo O Kanayo?

Well, it was one of those projects that really tested how far I can stretch and deliver under a short timeline. It wasn’t till after the shoot I realised what I had just done. I just directed a commercial and it was a veteran I had on set. He was sceptical when he found out I was the director, but in the end, he wasn’t disappointed, I guess.

You have been a filmmaker for years now. How far would you say Nigeria’s film industry has gone?  

There has been a major improvement even though Nollywood has shitty movies and films that will make you puke, lol but the most important is we are getting better and we have directors that are changing the narrative.

To what extent do you think the film industry has contributed to the economic growth of Nigeria?

I would say it has contributed more to Nigeria socially than it has financially, considering piracy is still at large in Nigeria.

Daniel Adewoye Olamide Director

Do you agree that the government doesn’t patronize the film industry?

Well, they don’t because the people in government don’t care about your film, it takes creative and innovative leaders to know the importance of the film industry, our leaders are not informed even the minister of information is not as well, according to news.

What do you think the government can do to promote entrepreneurship?

They need to give the space and create more schemes that allow entrepreneurs to have access to platforms that support what they do and collaborate with industries outside Nigeria that can help entrepreneurs and their establishment and at the same time make entrepreneur-friendly policies, so you don’t get frustrated as well.

What is your advice to upcoming filmmakers as well as those with acting potential or intentions?

Don’t be about the money first, be about how much knowledge you can acquire. Filmmaking is a straightforward craft, you bill what you can deliver because you can’t cut corners; it will always show in your delivery. If you’re an actor as well, you need to work on your delivery and be better at it, especially with the expression of emotions. You also have to be versatile. The internet has made it easy to be detectable, you just have to be smart and don’t be desperate.

In simpler words, acquire knowledge, build relationships and don’t pursue money

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Buga Keeps Kizz Daniel on Spotify’s Top Artist Chart for 13th Week

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Buga by Kizz Daniel

By Dipo Olowookere

For the 13th straight week, Afro-beat act, Kizz Daniel, has remained on Spotify’s Top Artist Chart courtesy of his latest song of the moment, Buga, which features Tekno.

In the latest chart released by the audio-streaming platform, Kizz Daniel, who has since moved on from his issues with his former record label, G-Worldwide, was number one. He was followed by Victony, Burna Boy, BNXN (formerly known as Buju) and Rema.

A look at this chart revealed that Tekno was the biggest climber at number, while Ktizo was the highest new entry for the week at number 127.

As for the Top Songs chart, Buga by Kizz Daniel moved up by 72 spots to number one, while Finesse by Pheels and Buju clinched the second spot. Kolomental by Victony occupied number three, Sungba (feat. Burna Boy) – Remix by Asake & Burna Boy is number four and Dada (feat. Davido) – Remix by Young Jonn & Davido is number five.

Further analysis of this log showed that Calm Down has remained on the list for 13 weeks stretch, while Chop & Slide by Victony is the highest new entry this week at number 14.

For the Top Albums of the week, Spotify said Come Home The Kids Miss You by Jack Harlow ranked as the highest new entry at number 5, with the top spot claimed by Rave and Rose by Rema. The second position was taken by I Never Liked You by Future, Barnabas by Kizz Daniel is third, while Made in Lagos Deluxe Edition by WizKid is fourth.

However, Drake continues to claim the most spots in Nigeria with Certified Lover Boy at number 14. Barnabas by Kizz Daniel has been on the Top Albums chart the longest with a 13-week streak, while Born 2 Shine by T DOLLAR is the biggest winner, moving up by 75 spots to number 118.

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